Midwestern Jesus Talk About Possessions

I have spent the last two days in Indiana helping my mother. She is searching and sorting through all of my dad’s stuff in preparation for a city-wide garage sale in a couple of weeks. Mom has been working on this project all summer, and I have been called in to finish some things. My area of expertise is in the fishing, hunting and camping gear. Dad and I spent countless hours together in the woods or on the lake through the years. I know about most of what he owned and even a little history to many of the items.

My project started in the garage and proceeded to the shed. Boxes have been pulled down, and every container opened to examine the contents. During the project, I have been continually reminded of the words of Jesus in Matthew chapter 6.

Matthew 6:19-21 “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. (20) But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moth and rust do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. (21) For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

The once treasured items are now garage sale fodder. Items that my dad saved money to purchase are now worthless. Many of the things had the option of trash them or burn them. The years had not been kind to all the of father’s possessions. Here in the Midwest the moth and rust are not the problems. The moisture and mold slowly destroy what the mice and bugs do not use as food or a bathroom.

I can’t help but think about how much money was represented in each original purchase. Thousands of dollars will now be sold for hundreds. What was bought for hundreds will now go into the garbage.

I know my father had faith in God and was a generous man. He gave to the work of the Lord and people in need throughout his life. He gave above and beyond in his tithes and offering. I am not sad in my thinking about how my father had a hard heart. I just keep pondering the use of our money.

Here in the Midwest maybe Jesus would say to us, “Do not store up for yourself stuff where mold and mildew damage and where mice and ants destroy. Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven because if you don’t know, one day, all your precious items will end up in the trash or a yard sale. For wherever you store your stuff is, there your heart will be also.”

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